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Astronomy | Myths, Symbols and Legends of Solar System Bodies

Myths, Symbols and Legends of Solar System Bodies

Alexander, Rachel

2015, XVI, 234 p. 92 illus., 43 illus. in color.

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  • Explores the mythology behind the Sun, the planets and named moons of our Solar System
  • Provides great background information for astronomy lectures and star parties
  • Includes myths of many cultures over the course of human history

This book is an amateur astronomer’s guide to the mythology and symbolism associated with the celestial bodies in the Solar System, and even includes some of the legendary tales of people who had or have a connection with these objects. It explores different cultures (for example, the Greco-Roman and the Norse) and different times and how stories were used to explain the worlds they saw above them. You’d be amazed how much of our world today reflects the myths and stories of these cultures!

 Most amateur astronomers are familiar with the various Solar System objects, but they will be only peripherally aware of what ancient cultures thought of these other worlds. In fact, the mythology of the planets challenges many twenty-first century concepts and beliefs There are other books available on astromythology, but this one focuses mostly on our own Solar System, as opposed to the constellations and deep sky objects.

 Alexander offers a new angle on timeless subjects and is exciting, informative and dramatic, as well as surprisingly relevant to everyday life. Find out for yourself how our modern world is steeped in the bygone worlds of yesteryear.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Ancient Mythology - Astronomical Mythology - Definition Astromythology - Etymology of Planets - Greco-Roman Mythology - Greek Mythology - History of Astronomy - Planet Names - Planetary Mythology and Legends - Roman Mythology

Related subjects » Astronomy - Philosophy - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

The Sun Through Antiquity.- Symbols of the Sun.- Planets.- Mercury.- Venus.- Earth.- Aurora Borealis.- Earth’s Moon.- Lunar Eclipses.- Mars and Its Moons.- Comets.- The Asteroid Belt.- Jupiter and Its Moons.- Saturn and Its Moons.- The Lost Planet.- Uranus and Its Moons.- Neptune and Its Moons.- Pluto and Its Moons.      

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